The University of Southampton
Southampton Business SchoolPostgraduate study

MSc Digital Business and Entrepreneurship (1 year)

This programme will provide you with cutting edge insight into the digital economy, the latest business strategies and technologies. You will learn how to create successful digital start-ups and how to help large organisations adopt technological platforms that enhance their value and deliver high performance. The programme is structured so you are able to study a variety of modules in digital business and entrepreneurship, law and web science, equipping you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills sought by employers.

Introducing your degree

The programme uses novel modules which draw upon the expertise of the Business School, Law School and School for Electronics and Computer Science. You will gain insight into the creation of new digital businesses, growth and strategic reorganisation, web architecture and technologies, with the option to specialise in legal, financing and operational modules. The programme makes use of state of the art theoretical frameworks and case studies, while being alert as to how they can be used in a ‘real world’ setting, to help you to apply your new expertise.



The bespoke and contemporary modules will assist you in preparing your for your future career plans. This programme is designed for students who are planning on creating their own digital business or gaining a managerial position in larger businesses which make use of digital platforms. It is suitable for students with a background in management or the social sciences. A technical background is not required.

Programme Structure

The programme may be completed on a full-time basis (12 months). The first 9 months of the programme involves taught study, divided into two semesters. In the following description, the term “module” is taken to mean a discrete component of the programme with its own learning outcomes and assessment requirements. All modules are at Masters level.

The taught component of the programme consists of modules worth 60 ECTS (120 CATS) credit points in total (Level 7), where 45 ECTS (90 CATS) credits are compulsory modules and 22.5 (45 CATS) credits are chosen from an optional list. The dissertation accounts for 30 ECTS (60 CATS) , and is core (must be passed), All option modules are subject to availability and timetabling constraints. The modules are provided by the Business School, Law School and School for Electronics and Computer Science.

You will study eight modules in the degree, divided equally between the semesters. In Semester 1 you will study 4 compulsory modules, to provide you with an overview of key digital business and web science concepts. In Semester 2 you will study two compulsory modules, one being research methods which will prepare you for the dissertation. You will then be able to choose one optional management/law module and one web/computer science modules. These optional modules will provide you with an opportunity to specialise in topics which are of interest to you and/or align with your future career aspirations. After the summer, you will submit a dissertation that gives you scope for investigating in depth, a digital business topic of your interest.

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

English Language Proficiency (IELTS)
Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
6.5 6.0 6.5 6.5 6.0

For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.

Bachelor’s degree

2.1 Degree No specific subject requirements.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. The University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy can be accessed via the link below:

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy applies equally to all programmes of study. The following are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed below will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

The selection of compulsory and optional modules are listed below.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

OtherApproved Calculators Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
OtherTextbooks Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
OtherComputer Discs Software Licenses Hardware Students are free to use computer lab facilities on Campus; Outside campus students are expected to use their own PCs, laptops, etc; The university provides free access to licenced software packages.
Printing and copyingIn most cases, written coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student. The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student.
FieldworkOptional Visits Some modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

Students will have access to a wide range of future career opportunities in different industry sectors, due to the programme’s structure. It is expected that students will find employment in private, public and third sector organisations, due to the variety of topics studied. The focus on digital business will ensure that students will be well placed to work in dynamic entrepreneurial organisations which make heavy use of digital technologies, or are moving into the digital economy from more ‘traditional’ sectors. Careers in the services sector, retail, consultancy and digital businesses are a possibility, and graduates would also be suited to working in dynamic organisations.

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